It is a rock and roll crossover! But will it work? AC/DC fans are about to get the shock of their lives if rumors of a new music partnership prove correct. A new report reveals that AC/DC has chosen Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose as the new lead singer to fill in for Brian Johnson for the remainder of their tour according to a Wednesday, March 23 report from Ultimate Guitar.
As previously reported, AC/DC announced that they would be postponing several of their upcoming shows in the United States due to lead singer Brian Johnson’s health issues. AC/DC released a statement explaining the circumstances to fans on the band’s official website revealing that under strict advisement from doctors Brian Johnson has been advised to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.
But new reports reveal whether it be good or bad for fans something new in the works. A new report from Atlanta Radio 100.5, Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose will be joining AC/DC as a replacement for Brian Johnson for the remainder of the band’s tour.
Sources claim that the union rumors began spreading about Axl Rose negotiating with AC/DC, and now radio DJ Jason Bailey revealed that a “very, very good source” confirmed that all the speculation is true. Jason said: “This is what I’m being told: Axl was meeting with the AC/DC group because it’s all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining shows. All 10, including Atlanta.
From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus is a very black-and-white guy. He’s like, Brian, for health reasons, can’t continue fronting the band.
“He was supposed to retire after the last tour, so they wanted to continue going out on the road and continue making music, so if you can’t do it, we appreciate your services, but the show must go on. They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in. Again, this is from my source.”
Now, rock fanatics we have to know, what do you think about this potential partnering? Axl Rose has a wide known reputation for keeping his fans waiting if he shows up at all. Many GnR fans have also debated whether or not Axl’s voice is as strong as it once was back in his glory days. So do you believe he can fill Brian Johnson vocal shoes on such iconic AC/DC hits like “Back in Black,” Highway to Hell” and “TNT” to mention a few.
Is a replacement singer such as Axl Rose going to satisfy the needs of hardcore AC/DC fans even a little? Would you rather see AC/DC with a fill-in frontman, or not at all? Tough call fans.